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Real estate executive Tracey Mann named Kansas’ new lieutenant governor

Tracey Mann, left, is Gov. Jeff Colyer's choice to be the next lieutenant governor of Kansas. He will be officially sworn into office during a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Statehouse.

Tracey Mann, left, is Gov. Jeff Colyer's choice to be the next lieutenant governor of Kansas. He will be officially sworn into office during a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Statehouse.

February 13, 2018, 7:37 p.m. Updated February 13, 2018, 8:51 p.m.


— Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Tuesday that he is reaching outside the circles of state government by selecting Salina businessman Tracey Mann to be the next lieutenant governor of Kansas.

Mann will be officially sworn in as the state’s 50th lieutenant governor at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Statehouse.

Mann, 41, is currently the managing director and principal of Newmark Grubb Zimmer, a commercial real estate company headquartered in Kansas City. Before joining that company, he served as senior program director for the National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values.

Colyer made the announcement before an annual legislative banquet sponsored by the Kansas Livestock Association, stressing that he believes agriculture remains the backbone of the Kansas economy.

“I wanted somebody who is a strong leader, a go-getter, someone who got things done, someone who listened and was truly in touch with the challenges of our rural communities, of our agricultural communities, of the backbone of our state” Colyer said as he introduced his choice. “And I’m glad to report to you that I have found somebody with those skills.”

After the announcement, Mann told reporters that he supports Colyer’s political and policy agenda.

“I agree with the governor that we need to continue to work on reforms, jobs and education,” he said. “Those things are important, and I look forward to seeing what our future holds.”

Colyer said Mann will not only serve as lieutenant governor through the end of this administration, but will also be Colyer’s running mate in the 2018 election.

Colyer also said Mann will be a full-time lieutenant governor, and he will not be assigned additional duties as a cabinet secretary, as some previous governors have done with their lieutenant governors.

The choice of Mann as lieutenant governor surprised many observers because his name had not been among those whom people had speculated to be in consideration. Colyer, however, would not comment on any other candidates who may have been considered.

“There’s lots of rumors,” Colyer told reporters. “Tracey is the long list and the short list. And here’s the thing, we kept him from you, so I thought that was pretty cool.”

Mann is expected to add some regional balance to the Colyer campaign. Although Colyer was born and raised in Hays, he is known professionally as a Johnson County plastic surgeon whose first political campaign was running for Congress in 2002 from the 3rd District of suburban Kansas City.

The job of lieutenant governor became vacant Jan. 31 when Colyer was sworn in as governor, succeeding former Gov. Sam Brownback who resigned to accept a diplomatic post in the Trump administration.

Mann said he does not have any direct experience in government or public policy, although he did run unsuccessfully for the 1st District congressional seat in 2010, placing third in the GOP primary behind incumbent Tim Huelskamp and former Sen. Jim Barnett, who is now competing with Colyer for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

“I think business experience matters a lot in this state, and I think you’ve seen the governor take steps to run the state more like a business,” he said. “I’m excited to bring those skill sets and that background to bear for this office.”

During his congressional campaign, Mann stirred controversy by suggesting multiple times that then-President Barack Obama should produce his birth certificate to prove that he was really an American citizen.

Asked about those comments, however, Mann said he learned from his mistakes.

“You know, I had a football coach one time who said when you make a mistake, you don’t make excuses and you move on,” he said. “And I made some mistakes in that race, but I’ve moved on.”

Ethan Corson, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, issued a statement after the announcement saying Colyer had chosen a lieutenant governor in the same mold as former Gov. Brownback.

“Tonight Gov. Jeff Colyer had an opportunity to make a clean break with the failed Brownback agenda he has supported and abetted for seven years. Colyer’s choice of Tracey Mann, a fellow Brownback donor and enabler, reflects his stubborn unwillingness to move beyond Brownback’s failed agenda,” Corson said. “It is clear that the Colyer-Mann administration will be nothing more than a third Brownback term.”


Steve King 3 months ago

So who loans who money at the next election? Don't ever forget. Colyer is the guy that made 3 bogus $500,000 3 day loans to ﹰBrownback's campaign right at each reporting peroid. To...pad the books. No other explanation is possible. You can't say he did not know what kind of hanky-panky he was engaging in. That's simply corrupt. And now he is our Governor. Telling us to trust him to lead our state. Sad.

Richard Heckler 3 months ago

Don't forget these fundamentalists do not bring anyone in that disagree with them.....

So we have more of right wing anti american politics which includes ALEC of course.

The Right Wing War ON America IS The agenda:

--- War against Medical Insurance and Single Payer

--- War on public education and Higher Education

--- War on the economy through Supply Side Wreckanomics

--- War against women

--- War on Voters Rights = VOTER SUPPRESSION

--- War on strict gun regulations

--- War On National Monuments/Parks

--- War on the USA Postal Service

--- War On Environmental Cleanliness

--- War On USA Jobs aka Free Trade Agreements and Leveraged Buyout Scams

--- War On Social Security Insurance

--- War On Medicaid

--- War On Medicare

--- War for Oil Control Worldwide

--- War On Good Wages aka Right To Work Legislation

Yes the state level agenda looks very much like the capitol hill agenda because it is. In order for the right wing to take over they need control of state governments as well.

Richard Heckler 3 months ago


Russia IS NOT the problem no way jose'.... voter suppression by the republican party is the problem taking place within USA borders. Russia CANNOT impact USA elections VOTER Suppression certainly can.

Republicans ARE directly tied to the emerging trend among state legislatures to consider voter ID laws thus VOTER SUPPRESSION.

Using false allegations of “voter fraud,” right-wing politicians are pursuing policies that disenfranchise students and other at-risk voters — including the elderly and the poor — who are unlikely to have drivers’ licenses or other forms of photo ID.

By suppressing the vote of such groups, Koch's model “Voter ID Act” grants an electoral advantage to Republicans while undermining the right to vote.

In addition, Koch money wants to make it easier for corporations to participate in the political process.

Their Public Safety and Elections taskforce is co-chaired by Sean Parnell of the Center for Competitive Politics, one of the most vociferous pro-corporate election groups, and promotes model legislation that would devastate campaign finance reform and allow for greater corporate influence in elections.

The USA Koch powered GOP is flooding the news media with RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA in order to draw attention away from Koch driven VOTER SUPPRESSION INSIDE AMERICA.

Steve Hicks 3 months ago

I'm a bit skeptical already, on a number of scores:

he's a businessman, who thinks it will be good "to run the state more like a business" (haven't we heard that, and suffered from that, before ?);

he's a guy who admits he has no "direct experience in government;"

he's a guy who in his one try for public office tried to be farther crazy-right than Tim Huelskamp (if that's even possible) with "birther" claims;

he's a guy who was formerly "senior program director for the National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values" (don't we all recognize the "conservative evangelical" code-words ?).

He says his "birther" claim was a "mistake." I'd find him more-possibly worth trusting if he admitted it was a lie...but he doesn't quite.

I think Kansas has another team of rulers whose primary qualification for governing is that they've received all the advanced degrees Trump University offers: BS (we all know BS when we see it,), MS (More of the Same), and PhD (Piled Higher and Deeper). Magna cum laude.

This team looks so bad for Kansas, than I'm sure the usual commenters will be weighing in to support them: or rather, abuse everyone suspicious of the new rulers.

Lynn Grant 3 months ago

Steve Hicks you nailed it! Commercial real estate, no governing experience, birther, "faith & values", run government like a business--where have we heard this before? This could be worse than the Brownback/Colyer era.

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